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Top Winter Wedding Invitation Ideas

By Charles Hopkins Published 12/14/2006 | Marriage

If you have settled on a winter wedding, you know that one of the first major decisions you will have to make has to do with the invitations. Here are a few tips to help you come up with a winter wedding invitation that will be tasteful and still eye catching.

Wedding invitations are often somewhat formal. If you plan on having a wedding that leans toward traditional, you will want your wedding invitation to reflect that same sense of ambiance. To give it a winter feel, you may want to go with crisp white paper stock rather than an off white or ecru shade. You can also move away from the traditional black script lettering and go with an ink set that invokes the cool feeling of the winter months, such as using dark blue ink. The overall look will still be formal, but these small touches will help to set it apart from the look of invitations used in the spring and summer months.

If you want to go with something that is a little more casual but still with a touch of traditional, there is certainly no reason that you can't draw on a few other elements to give the wedding invitation a little bit of flair. As an example, we all know that snowflakes and winter go together. Consider adding a simple snowscape along the bottom of the invitation. It does not have to be in color; a simple pen and ink sketch would do the trick nicely and maintain a semi-traditional feel, while still adding an unexpected touch to the invitation.

For those that want to dispense with the traditional altogether, you may want to consider something other than the traditional square or rectangular shaped invitation. Keeping in mind the winter theme, consider a wedding invitation that is round; this will evoke the image of a snowball. Or perhaps an invitation in the shape of a snowman would be more to your liking. Remember that you can still be simple and straightforward with the wording of the invitation, even as you have some fun with the shape and look.

Another variation on the shape of the winter wedding invitation would be to have it edged like a snowflake. This can actually be a nice compromise if you are looking for something a little different but you have parents who are urging you to go with something more traditional. The snowflake edging is not unlike the lace effects that wedding invitations from the 19th century often featured, so you could truthfully say that your idea has some elements of being time honored in polite society - just not in recent decades.

It is important to remember that whatever form your winter wedding invitation takes, the invitations should include all the pertinent information, such as the date, time, location of the ceremony, time and location for the reception and the names of the bride and groom. Often the names of the parents are included. However, there may be reasons why you choose to not do this, especially if this is a second wedding for both the bride and groom. Let your particular situation guide you as to what is the most appropriate way to word the invitation, but do make sure all the particulars are included.